HONORING THE ARMY CHAPLAIN CORPS
Jul 29, 2016
For almost as long as there have been soldiers in America, there have been chaplains. In 1775 the Continental Congress created the Chaplain Corps as an integral part of the Army, to ensure soldiers would always have moral, ethical and spiritual guidance nearby. On July 29, 2016, the Army’s second oldest branch celebrates its 241st anniversary and all that it has achieved in that time. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) salute all chaplains who selflessly serve our great nation.
Army Chaplains offer counseling and moral support to families of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle. Fallen Patriots recognizes the need for continuous support and works to play an integral role in the personal development of surviving scholars at all levels of the educational process, as well as support the families of the fallen.
The mission of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is to provide religious support to America’s Army. A chaplain and chaplain assistant form a Unit Ministry Team and are embedded in all components of the Army; Active, Guard and Reserve. All chaplains are ordained clergy who are commissioned Army officers while chaplain assistants are enlisted soldiers of high moral character who wish to provide religious support for soldiers and their families.
Since 1775, more than 25,000 Army Chaplains have served as religious and spiritual leaders. Nearly 300 have laid down their lives in battle and seven members of the Chaplain Corps have been awarded the Medal of Honor. They serve during both war and peace, and represent over 140 different religious organizations. We celebrate everything the United States Army Corps have accomplished in the last 241 years and thank them for their continued service.